The Holistic Librarian – Thing 23+1

Hi, I’m Patrick Overy and I am the subject librarian for Law and Business.

Task 23+1 was to document “Where could a researcher go to get help writing a data management plan?”

What I knew about the topic beforehand:

I have never been asked to help to write a data management plan, although I am often consulted about research sources, bibliographic software and literature reviews.

What I know now

Students on the Open Exeter project have produced a useful guide to new researchers, available on ERIC as Research Data Management Survival Guide

The Library is also building up an online resource at

The DCC has developed an online tool to help researchers – this includes customised sections relevant to specific funders.

There is also a useful online guide produced by the University of Bath at

How did I obtain this knowledge?

Try online sources of advice in the UK and beyond – the Digital Curation Centre to start with but also further afield, e.g

Some funders require a data management plan as part of research proposals, e.g. the National Science Foundation in the USA (see How to Write a Data Management Plan for a National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal:

Finally, each task asks the questions “What else would you like to know about the topic?” and “How did you find this task? How would you improve it?”

I am sure that I will need to know more about all of these topics to meet the needs of researchers but so far I will just have to react to individual requests. I found the tasks useful and hope the results will feed into a permanent online resource.

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This post was written by Hannah Lloyd-Jones on November 30, 2012

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  1. Hannah Lloyd-Jones November 30, 2012 11:22

    Hi Patrick,

    Just to add that Gareth Cole, the Data Curation Officer, is currently the main contact for giving advice on data management plans to researchers.


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